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Grant Flower finally leaves for South Africa


Grant Flower was expected to leave for South Africa on Tuesday evening after he failed to travel with the rest of the national cricket team on Monday following complications with his travel documents.

In an interview with NewsDay on Tuesday, the chairman of selectors Alistair Campbell said the 39-year-old left-handed batsman and handy spinner would be in South Africa before the first game on Friday.

“I can confirm that the situation has been rectified and Grant (Flower) will be aboard tonight’s (Tuesday evening) flight for South Africa, Campbell said.”

“His presence in the team is going to be very important both as the batting coach and as one of the batsmen because of the experience he has at the international stage.”

Flower, who is making a comeback to the national team after a six-year absence is on course to become the only survivor from the 1999 squad that inflicted a shock defeat on South Africa in a Super Six match at the World Cup in England.

“His knowledge about their play is going to be important.

He is the only survivor from the 1999 team that secured that famous win at the World Cup.

“His work ethic and form has been very good and he’s coming from a good season with Essex.

We just hope the rest of the team especially the batting line-up, will benefit from his presence.

Friday’s Pro20 match in Bloemfontein will be the first between Zimbabwe and South Africa in the shortest version of the game and the first meeting between the two countries since November last year.

Zimbabwe coach Allan Butcher told the media on arrival on Monday that he was confident that his team would learn a lot from the series.

“Every series is vital to us,” said the ex-Glamorgan and Surrey coach, “especially against top nations like South Africa, but we will be using this tour as a yardstick to measure our progress.

“Obviously, playing against a better team will show us whether we have improved in the last year or not.”

Butcher didn’t rule out the possibility of upstaging their more experienced hosts.

“We cannot play conservatively and beat South Africa.

In Twenty20 we are duty-bound to play aggressive cricket. So, if we can do that well, we’re hoping to spring a surprise.”

Zimbabwe Squad T20 squad: E Chigumbura (c), H Masakadza, B Taylor, T Taibu, G Flower, P Utseya, Keith Dabengwa, C Coventry, Graeme Cremer, Ian Nicolson, Christopher Mpofu, Edward Rainsford, Chamunorwa Chibhabha, Shingirai Masakadza

ODI Squad: As above with the following exceptions- C Coventry returns home, Craig Ervine and Sean Williams join the squad.

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